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Most anyone can tell that I’m still a big kid at heart. I’d much rather be at Walt Disney World than Las Vegas. Want to take me out golfing? No thanks, I’d rather spend my time outdoors running or inside playing video games. The books I like to read are usually Sci Fi or Fantasy and in the past I was even known to pick up a comic or two.
I promised at the beginning of the year that I’d write about some things other than running so today I want to talk about my new addiction, Marvel Unlimited. I started reading comic books back in the early 90′s but I’ve never really gotten too deep into it. The problem for me was that every time I’d start reading again I’d find a bunch of different comic series that I liked and would want to read. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but comic books aren’t cheap these days and trying to collect an entire story line was very expensive. I’m also very ADD when it comes to reading comics. I like to skip around and read many different series which makes it even more expensive. I quit collecting every time because, after a while I couldn’t justify the cost of the comics or the space they take up in my basement.
I’m happy to say that I’ve found my love of comics once again and this time the way I consume them is perfect for me!
A few weeks ago I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts when the host mentioned an iPad app and comic service called Marvel Unlimited. The more he talked about the service the more intrigued I became. My curiosity lead me to give the service a one month trial and now I’m hooked.
What is Marvel Unlimited?
It’s a subscription service where you pay a monthly or yearly fee to get access to over 13,000 Marvel comic books on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.
There are three different subscription options for the service. You can go month by month for $9.99 per month, pay a yearly fee of $69 or get the premium subscription for $99 which gives you a limited edition 6″ Gold-colored Ultron figure, an exclusive variant edition Age of Ultron #10 comic, and a custom collectible comic box.
As you can imagine, comic book store owners were not happy with this service as they were afraid that it would eat into their brick and mortar business. To help ease these fears, Marvel has promised not to add comics newer than six months to the service. This might be a drawback for some people but since I have so much catching up to do, it doesn’t really bother me at all. I have more than enough to keep me busy.
Why do I like this service so much?
1. It allows me to catch up on older Marvel story lines that I wouldn’t otherwise get to read. I’ve been reading the original X-men story line starting with the first comic in issued back in September 1963.
2. All of the comics are in digital form so they don’t take up space in my basement.
3. I can let my ADD go wild because it costs the same amount no matter how many different series I’m reading at one time.
4. Some of the newer comics are incredibly detailed and look great on my iPad. Some of them also have background music and sound effects that can be downloaded and sync up top the current page you’re reading.
I’ve had so much fun reading this past month that I gave in and bought the full year subscription. Based on the fact that I could easily spend $30 on one single trip to the comic book store I know I’ll get my money’s worth with this subscription.
Do you read comics? let me know which ones you like in the comic section below.